If you aren’t watching the lectures from Mises University this week, you are missing out. Then again, you may have something more important to do this week – like making a million bucks or curing cancer or something.
I would like to offer two highlights…so far. Judge Napolitano gave a presentation on Monday evening; it was the introduction to his week-long course on the Constitution and the Free Market. The audio is here. If you don’t want to listen to the whole thing, please share some portion of that million bucks you are making this week…and also at least listen to the last few minutes. Do so while sitting next to your young child or grandchild. You will not remain tearless, because you know it is likely true…for them, not you.
Second, Robert Murphy. He gave a lecture entitled The Economics of the Stateless Society. In it, he spoke of the libertarian position on immigration.
Now…before I get to the punchline…there are a handful of libertarians who understand that open borders is NOT “the only position for libertarians.” In fact, it is not a libertarian position at all. Such as these (Hans Hoppe being, perhaps, the most prominent) come at it from different angles, but conclude this point.
I have made this argument from several angles. I have now found the second person ever (to my knowledge) who has come at it from one of the more unique of my many angles (and I do not claim to be the original or unique; as many of you know, I come to my positions while almost purposely avoiding the views of others who may be ahead of me on various such topics).
I cite Murphy:
As with something like “prayer in school,” there is no good answer when we give monopoly power to coercive State.
Precisely! The question of borders CANNOT be resolved in a pure manner via the non-aggression principle as long as there are state borders. It is an especially impossible position for those libertarians who claim to be for a minarchist state.
No such thing as a “right to travel freely.” E.g. malls – fancy restaurant – country club – house.
In a free society, private landowners set whatever policies they want on their property.
Precisely… again. In a world of private property, there are NO OPEN BORDERS. So how does libertarian theory lead to a conclusion that open borders is the only possible libertarian position?
Find time to watch or listen to the lectures from this conference.